Monday, July 12, 2010

Are Johnson's policy decisions based on his portfolio?

It appears that the Democratic Party agrees with a recent tweet I made.

The DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee), which helps to elect Democratic candidates to the U.S. Senate, recently blogged about Ron Johnson's interesting investments -- namely, that Johnson holds between $116,000 and $315,000 of BP stock.

It was no wonder, then, why Johnson had told WisPolitics earlier this campaign season that he'd support drilling in the Great Lakes if there was oil to be found there.

"I think we have to get the oil where it is," the Republican nominee for Senate said when asked about drilling in the Great Lakes.

Where do Johnson's loyalties lie? If he can be swayed by his own stock options, what's to stop special interests from persuading Johnson to take a certain position on a policy issue through campaign contributions?

Fortunately another candidate with a proven record of helping Wisconsin citizens is out there -- Democrat Russ Feingold, who has served as the Junior Senator from Wisconsin since 1993. Feingold requires that most his campaign cash come his constituents themselves. In fact, in the past five years alone, more than 90 cents out of every campaign dollar has come from a real person, not a special interest group.

So we have an important choice we can make this election year: we can support one candidate who refuses to allow special interests from influencing his campaign, who wants the vast majority of his campaign dollars to come from real-life citizens (that candidate being Russ Feingold); or we can support a candidate who appears to make policy decisions based upon his own personal market portfolio (Ron Johnson).

The choice ought to be obvious: Wisconsin should send Feingold back to Washington for six more years.

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